September is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer with a celebratory Labor Day weekend. Coming up with Labor Day weekend activities that everyone in the family will enjoy can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean you should let the holiday go by without doing anything.

This is the perfect time for one last summer celebration to properly close the season of fun, family time, and outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for some Labor Day weekend activities inspiration, here are 10 ideas for your military family to try:

1. Attend a Local Event

If you’re looking for Labor Day weekend activities that don’t require travel, try checking local Facebook groups or the events page on your town’s website.

Many townships offer community-organized, cheap or free events for residents to enjoy, including outdoor movies, carnivals, and more.

2. Head to the Beach

Labor Day weekend should be all about rest and relaxation, so consider taking one last trip to the beach before the summer ends. Not only are there endless activities for the kids to enjoy, like building sandcastles, swimming, and boogie boarding, but the beach is also a great place for the adults to get a moment of peace and calm before the back-to-school craziness really begins.

3. Visit a National Park

Holiday weekends provide plenty of time for families to take in the beauty of national parks. Plus, national parks offer free admissions for Veterans and their families. Research the best parks near you to find great hiking spots, waterfalls, swimming holes, and more.

4. Go Camping

Camping can offer a lot of fun for the whole family, whether you decide to pitch a tent in your backyard or find a local campground to spend the weekend.

Spending a night under the stars, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, and telling ghost stories might be the perfect way to wrap up your summer.

5. Take a Road Trip

While the holiday weekend might not be long enough for a full vacation, it’s the perfect time to visit some places within driving distance and check them off your bucket list. Involve the kids by letting them help plan a good route, where to stop, what food to eat, and where to stay.

6. Host a Potluck

Summer is the season of cookouts, barbecues, and picnics, so don’t let it end without hosting one last potluck party with your neighbors and friends. Pick a theme or simply let everyone bring their favorite dish to celebrate the end of summer.

7. Take Advantage of Swimming Pools

Most public swimming pools close after Labor Day, so be sure you take full advantage of your local pools (if you don’t have a pool of your own) before they shut down for the fall.

Be sure to grab some sunscreen and pack water and snacks for a fun, free family outing.

8. Host a Game Tournament

If you’re looking for fun Labor Day weekend activities that everyone will love, try hosting a game tournament. If the weather is nice, you can set up outdoor games like cornhole, horseshoe, volleyball, badminton, and more — whatever games you and your loved ones enjoy the most! A game tournament is also a great option if the weather takes a turn. Let everyone choose their favorite board or card game and keep the fun going indoors!

What are some Labor Day weekend activities you and your family enjoy? Let us know on Facebook or comment below!

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